BOX OFFICE REPORT
March 1-3, 2019
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|How to Train Your Dragon:
The Hidden World
|A Madea Family Funeral||$27.0 million|
|Alita: Battle Angel||$7.0 million|
|The LEGO Movie 2||$6.6 million|
|Green Book||$4.7 million|
Even the final screen appearance of Tyler Perry's iconic Madea couldn't unseat the final chapter of the How to Train Your Dragon saga from the top spot. The animated sequel remained in first place with an estimated $30 million. It's now a little further along than either of its predecessors were in its second weekend. (It's also a bit of revenge, since Why Did I Get Married Too? dropped the original down into third place back in 2010.)
A Madea Family Funeral debuted with $27 million. That's just a notch below what Boo! A Madea Halloween opened with in 2016. It's definitely on the high end of first weekends for the character, but well below her heyday in the late 2000s, when $30 or even $41 million was in play. Perry's character is probably overdue for retirement, but it will be interesting to see what he does next, especially since pairing him with Tiffany Haddish should have been a slam dunk, but Nobody's Fool came and went last year.
Alita: Battle Angel and The LEGO Movie 2 fell further, both struggling to make a big impact on the box office, at least domestically. The former has crossed $350 million worldwide, while the latter is barely over $150 million worldwide. Green Book took advantage of its Best Picture win to enter the Top 5 for the first time. It's now made $75 million, but is likely to be like seven of the other winners this decade and gross less than $100 million.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Climax, Gaspar Noé's insane dance/drug flick. It averaged $24,331 on its five screens. That's the director's best debut ever. His next challenge: Getting a movie to more than $1 million worldwide.
- Greta couldn't scare up much of an audience. The Chloe Moretz/Isabelle Huppert thriller only managed $4.5 million, good for eighth place.
- Apollo 11, the documentary of the first moon landing, did great business in IMAX. It made $1.6 million on 120 screens. Next week, it will be in regular theaters. Do not miss this one in theaters, folks.
Captain Marvel is here to save and/or destroy the MCU, depending on your viewpoint. Despite what trolls are predicting, this will have another massive debut. Still, I'm going to be a little conservative in my estimates and only go with $120 million for the first weekend. All other movies are getting out of the way – with Us even delaying a week to March 22 – so this will have plenty of time to eat up all the dollars and get audiences primed for Avengers: Endgame.